The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has warned organisations owning unused or unpaid mobile frequencies that it will not tolerate frequency hoarding. The government agency plans to allocate these spectrums to new telecommunication players in the Philippines.
"We reiterate that warehousing of spectrums will not be allowed for speculative purposes. Frequencies should only be necessary for their operations. Enough frequencies should be allocated to new players in the telco industry," said DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima in a report by the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
Salalima cited the recent audit of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) which identified organisations that have not been using or paying the required fees for their frequency spectrums.
The organisations are:
- Sears Telecoms (410 MHz);
- Teodoro N. Romasanta, Inc.(TNRI) and Twilight (700 MHz);
- RBC, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, Uniden Philippines, Inc., Liberty Broadcasting Network, Inc. (LBNI), Worldwide Comms., Inc., (800 MHz)
- Bayantel (2500 MHz);
- Easy Call Communications Philippines, Inc.; AZ Comm; Multimedia Telephony, Inc., Broadband Everywhere Corp.; and Radio Marine Network, Inc. (3400 MHz);
- TN Rosanna and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) (10 Gigahertz).
Separately, Sears, MMDA, TNRI, Trilight, RBC, Uniden, LBNI, and Worldwide Comms., Inc have unpaid spectrum user fees.
Based on the data, DICT Undersecretary for Management and Operations Jorge Sarmiento noted there are enough unassigned frequencies that may be allocated to potential new telco players.
The NTC has the power to recall frequencies for reassignment to existing telco companies or bid them out to new players, said Salalima.
Earlier, NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said the agency aims to conduct an auction of unused and unassigned frequencies by the middle of this year. This is in line with NTC's plan to welcome new service providers in the telco market. Cordoba said several telco companies have already expressed interest in bidding for the unassigned frequencies.
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